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Aperture 2 Essential Training

with Derrick Story

Video: Welcome

Shows how photographers can make their image organization, retouching, and presentation routines more fun and efficient.
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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 41m 4s
    1. Understanding key Aperture terms
      9m 36s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 55s
    3. Setting essential preferences
      17m 8s
    4. Understanding RAW files
      3m 17s
    5. Following the standard Aperture workflow
      4m 8s
  3. 48m 15s
    1. Preparing for import
      4m 6s
    2. Using managed libraries or referenced files
      3m 43s
    3. Creating metadata presets and views
      9m 59s
    4. Adding keywords on import
      3m 38s
    5. Importing images from a digital camera
      11m 53s
    6. Importing iPhoto libraries
      3m 20s
    7. Importing images from a hard drive
      4m 49s
    8. Importing images from an iPhone
      2m 8s
    9. Using tethered shooting
      4m 39s
  4. 22m 44s
    1. Working in All Projects view (and setting the Key photo)
      2m 31s
    2. Using Quick Preview mode
      4m 59s
    3. Using metadata overlays
      3m 40s
    4. Managing previews
      7m 21s
    5. Viewing your images using Slideshow
      4m 13s
  5. 29m 50s
    1. Creating Projects and Albums
      4m 0s
    2. Rating images
      10m 33s
    3. Using the Loupe
      5m 40s
    4. Organizing a series with Stacks
      5m 45s
    5. Grouping with Smart Albums
      3m 52s
  6. 45m 1s
    1. Defining the difference between master and version files
      4m 34s
    2. Working with the Adjustments tab
      6m 26s
    3. Reading a histogram
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Auto settings for Exposure and Levels
      3m 57s
    5. Using the White Balance brick
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Exposure brick
      2m 40s
    7. Using the Enhance brick
      5m 13s
    8. Using the Levels brick
      2m 56s
    9. Using the Highlights and Shadows brick
      4m 24s
    10. Using the Color brick
      6m 5s
  7. 42m 54s
    1. Using the Retouch brick
      5m 29s
    2. Using the Spot and Patch brick
      4m 34s
    3. Using Straighten, Crop, and Flip
      4m 28s
    4. Using the Red Eye correction tool
      2m 38s
    5. Using the Lift and Stamp tool
      3m 14s
    6. Using the Rotate tools
      1m 5s
    7. Using Vignette and Devignette
      4m 34s
    8. Using Monochrome, Color Monochrome, and Sepia
      7m 22s
    9. Reducing noise
      4m 3s
    10. Using the Sharpen command
      5m 27s
  8. 28m 44s
    1. Highlighting hot and cold areas
      5m 42s
    2. Using RAW Fine Tuning
      3m 52s
    3. Setting Adjustment presets
      5m 56s
    4. Roundtripping to an external editor
      5m 31s
    5. Using the Edit plug-ins
      3m 21s
    6. Making fine adjustments
      2m 54s
    7. Customizing the Adjustments tab
      1m 28s
  9. 7m 8s
    1. Applying keywords
      2m 10s
    2. Making primary-only adjustments
      3m 44s
    3. Adjusting the time and date
      1m 14s
  10. 6m 16s
    1. Using the Search box
      2m 15s
    2. Using the Filter HUD
      2m 15s
    3. Creating Smart Albums for searching
      1m 46s
  11. 8m 49s
    1. Exporting masters and versions
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Export plug-ins
      3m 27s
  12. 14m 24s
    1. Developing a backup strategy
      2m 14s
    2. Backing up with vaults
      4m 9s
    3. Backing up a project
      3m 36s
    4. Restoring from a vault
      4m 25s
  13. 24m 5s
    1. Using templates for book layout
      7m 3s
    2. Customizing an existing template
      6m 4s
    3. Creating a custom template
      7m 23s
    4. Generating PDFs
      3m 35s
  14. 13m 57s
    1. Building a web page
      7m 12s
    2. Publishing a web gallery
      6m 45s
  15. 12m 41s
    1. Printing a single image
      7m 47s
    2. Printing a contact sheet
      4m 54s
  16. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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Aperture 2 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 5h 49m Beginner


Derrick Story refers to Aperture as "a professional photo management application that anyone can use." In Aperture 2 Essential Training, he shows how novice photographers and professionals alike can make their image organization, retouching, and presentation routines more fun and efficient. Derrick demonstrates capturing and importing images from different sources; adding captions, ratings, and keywords; and sharing work in the form of web galleries, prints, and even books. He reveals his best image adjustment tricks, as well as tips on customizing the Aperture workflow to suit each photographer's unique style. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding Aperture terms, interface, preferences, and workflow
  • Creating metadata presets and adding keywords on import
  • Importing images from a digital camera, hard drive, or iPhoto library
  • Using tethered shooting
  • Viewing images with previews, slideshows, and metadata overlays
  • Comparing, selecting, and organizing images
  • Correcting white balance, exposure, levels, and color
  • Using Retouch, Straighten, Crop, Vignette, and other image adjustments
  • Applying sharpening and noise reduction adjustments
  • Searching for images and creating Smart Albums
  • Exporting, archiving, and backing up photos
  • Designing books, publishing web galleries, and printing images


Hi, I'm Derrick Story. I'm the digital media evangelist for O'Reilly Media. I'm a photographer, I'm a writer, and I'm a teacher and I'm also a big fan of Aperture. The professional photo management application that anyone can use. Especially after watching this training video. This video here, Aperture 2.1 Essential Training, will take you through all the steps that you need to know from upload to output. I'm also going to show you some workflow. That way you will know what to do and then what to do next and then what to do after that.

What's so cool about the way that we are going to do that is I'm also going to you how to customize the workflow. So once you kind of get your feet wet, then you can make this application yours. You can customize it so that it fits perfectly. Just like a great pair of sneakers. I'll cover importing. I'll cover adding information to your photos, things like captions and ratings and keywords. It's actually fun. It's not like eating vegetables at all. It's enjoyable. I'll show you basically everything you need to know about adjusting your images or maybe not everything but you will be very good at making your pictures look very pretty after you work with those movies.

And then I will show you how to get the pictures out of your application so you can export them. So you can make web pages. You can even create beautiful books. I mean we have so much to do. I'm so excited about this. Get comfortable, get Aperture open and let's get to work.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Aperture 2 Essential Training .

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Q: Are there a way to increase the font size in Aperture?
A: Not in Aperture itself, but you can use the zoom feature built into your operating system. (Aperture is a Mac-only program, by the way.) Go to the Apple menu and open System Preferences. Choose Universal Access. Turn on Zoom under the Seeing tab. Then, in any application, you can press Shift+Cmd+Plus to zoom in and Shift+Cmd+Minus to zoom out.

We advise you do not lower the screen resolution unless it's absolutely necessary, as that approach tends to make images softer than they really are. But if your sight is very poor, the tradeoff might be worth it.





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